The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Waikanae is a lovely spot in which to spend an hour or two during the intervals of the railway time-table. Its natural attractive features consist of the sunny sloping uplands, its river meandering through the evergreen, well-wooded lands of the lower country, and its occasional precipitous rocks. Away out through an open glade the crown of Kapiti half fills the sky, whilst on very clear days the sugar-loafed apex of lofty Mount Egmont is sometimes seen from the vantage ground of Waikanae, which is 102 feet above sea level, and distant from Wellington thirty-seven miles.
Waikanae has no hotel, but fairly good accommodation may be obtained at the one local store hard by the railway station.
Mails for Waikanae close daily at Wellington at 6 a.m., arriving at Waikanae at 9.15 a.m. The return mail closes daily at 9.40 a.m., arriving at Wellington at 1 p.m.